Galactic Civilizations 3 is a turn-based 4X strategy video game developed by Stardock for Microsoft Windows platform. Galactic Civilizations 3 is the first game in the series that features hex-based game tiles and multiplayer gameplay. It was released on 14 May, 2015.
Galactic Civilizations 3 features an excellent story and has various minor nuances that are discovered by gameplay. The game allows its players to craft their own story. Players are challenged to create an empire that rules the galaxy via conquest, cultural hegemony, diplomacy, and scientific research.
Galactic Civilizations 3 is an awesome rebuild of an amazing series. The game is much bigger than its predecessor and also features multiplayer gameplay. The game’s ship designer is capable of keeping players occupied for hours. It sure lacks some features missing from previous games in the series, but the game is still worth the time and money.
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There are three main areas you will need to focus on, especially in the beginning of the game. Those areas are: Production, which will allow you to produce various ships via manufacturing, Research, which will enhance ship’s range and movement, and Scouting, which will help you discover new planets on the map. Research is slow so it will go a long way in the game, and will unlock some powerful technologies of the ship for easier colonization and faster travel. The key to playing a successful game is to get colony ships out quickly on every turn.
There are no particular playable characters in the game. Instead, the player has to choose a species. Those species are:
- The Terran Alliance
- The Drengin Empire
- The Yor Collective
- The Drath Legion
- The Altarian Republic
- The Torian Confederation
- The Dominion of Korx
- The Arcean Empire
- The Iconian Refuge
- The Korath Clan
- The Thalan Empire
- The Krynn Consulate
Galactic Civilizations 3 trailer shows a desperate situation where Earth is surrounded by the alien fleet and the worlds of allies are destroyed. Then an alien talks about an upcoming crusade which is led by humans, and poses a threat to all things in the galaxy. As the trailer reaches its end, a war is shown featuring infantry as well as flying ships. Graphics look stunning.
The gameplay of Galactic Civilizations 3 is improved as compared to its predecessor. There are many new gameplay elements introduced in the game. But the core gameplay is similar to previous games.
The player controls different units of a chosen species in a hex based universe that stretches out in all directions. General strategy and planetary management have been refurbished to allow a superior and deeper gameplay experience. The general sense of the depth in the galaxy map has also been improved to give players an enriched sense of control. A new playable species called “Iridium” is also added in the game. This new species is labeled “space-faring super capitalists” by game developers.
The game officially supports cheats via cheat command console. A cheat can be applied by entering cheat command in the console. For example, a command “modcredits <amount>” replaces the player’s credits by the value specified. Full list of commands is displayed by typing “help” in the console.
Trainers are also available to enable cheats. Most trainers will enable cheats like infinite credits, infinite health, infinite movement, fast research, etc.